Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy
Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

Foreword by Mark Nepo
Paper: 978 1 57922 984 9 / $23.95
Published: April 2014  

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Published: March 2012  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
198 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
* An inspirational and holistic approach to teaching by a renowned Latina scholar
* Defines seven steps to unlocking the potential of teachers and their students
* Deeply informed by the author's educational journey as a minority woman from a background of rural poverty

Laura Rendón is a scholar of national stature, known for her research on students of color and first-generation college students, and on the factors that promote and impede student success.

The motivation for the quest that Laura Rendón shares in this book was the realization that she, along with many educators, had lost sight of the deeper, relationship-centered essence of education, and lost touch with the fine balance between educating for academics and educating for life.

Her purpose is to reconnect readers with the original impulse that led them to become educators; and to help them rediscover, with her, their passion for teaching and learning in the service of others and for the well being of our society.

She offers a transformative vision of education that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition and the inner life and the pensar of intellectualism and the pursuit of scholarship; between teaching and learning; formal knowledge and wisdom; and between Western and non-Western ways of knowing. In the process she develops a pedagogy that encompasses wholeness, multiculturalism, and contemplative practice, that helps students transcend limiting views about themselves; fosters high expectations, and helps students to become social change agents.

She invites the reader to share her journey in developing sentipensante pedagogy, and to challenge seven entrenched agreements about education that act against wholeness and the appreciation of truth in all forms. She offers examples of her own teaching and of the classroom practices of faculty she encountered along the way; as well as guidance on the challenges, rewards and responsibilities that anyone embarking on creating a new vision of teaching and learning should attend to.

Though based on the author’s life work in higher education, her insights and approach apply equally to all teaching and learning contexts.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Mark Nepo
Introduction: A Need for a New Dream of Education
1) Prelude to a New Pedagogical Dreamfield
2) Learning From Another’s Story
3) Refashioning the Dream: The Experience of Creating an Integrative, Consonant Pedagogy
4) Refashioning the Dream: The Experience of Employing an Integrative, Consonant Pedagogy Rooted in Social Justice
5) The Courage to Chart a Different Path
6) Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy
7) Sustaining the Soul That Embraces a Different Truth
Appendix: The Story of My Inquiry

Reviews & Endorsements:
“For service-learning practitioners and scholars, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy is one of those rare books that subtly but fundamentally alters the purpose and scope of our work. It is a book about the future of our community-based teaching, learning, and scholarship and the future of higher education. It is a future that is already upon us but one to which higher education has not effectively responded nor embraced. This is a book that recognizes that non-Western, non-traditional, highly diverse students and faculty increasingly are in highereducation but not of higher education. Their ways of knowing and habits of being are not validated by the structures and cultures of the academy. Fundamental change is needed… Read this book. Read it now. Savor it and teasure it. If you are an educator who cares about the deeper public purposes of higher education; who cares about improving teaching and learning for an increasingly diverse student body; who cares about education as transformative, holistic, integrative, civic learning; who cares about the tenure-seeking woman of color as she enacts her faculty roles connected to social concerns and new ways of generating knowledge; who cares about changing the culture of higher education so it is better able to fulfill its academic and civic missions; and who cares about whether higher education two or three decades from now will be contributing meaningfully to solving social problems and building a more vibrant democracy – then read this book and put its wisdom into practice in your own work and lives as educators… Rendón’s book, is the Pedagogy of the Oppressed for our time, bringing the lenses of feminist, postmodernist, anticolonial, and critical theory to bear on liberatory education.”
- Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
"Sentipensante Pedagogy provides a helpful invitation and charitable contribution to the ongoing dialogue between different visions of pedagogy."
- Teaching Theology and Religion